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She-Hulk (2004 Series) #5

July 16, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: More Than a Handful (The Big Picture Part One)

When a two-bit supervillain gets thrown in jail, She-Hulk’s new boss takes a personal interest.

Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Inks: Tom Simmons w/Don Hillsman
Colors: Avalon Studios
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Mike Mayhew
Publisher: Marvel Comics

When the New Warriors bust a small-time supervillain named Southpaw, She-Hulk’s new boss takes a personal interest in the case. Meanwhile, Southpaw’s cellmate, the Mad Thinker, has found a way to set up a jailbreak, and she is instrumental in it.

I didn’t like this issue quite as much as the past few issues – Slott has toned down the comedy this issue, and as that was one of my favorite things about this title, I’m a little disappointed by that. Also, while I applaud this title for not blanching away from continuity the way most comics do these days, I’m afraid that the literal mob of supervillains, few of which get much exposition, may be a bit daunting to people not familiar with Marvel history.

On the other hand, Slott deserves credit for reminding us that the New Warriors haven’t just dropped off the face of the Earth, even if they just appear in a cameo this issue. Also, he has created the most original concept for a superhuman prison I’ve seen in… well… ever. It’s simple and ingenious. You do get the sense that the Thinker has figured out an escape route a bit too easily, but that’s his M.O. – he comes up with a brilliantly complicated plan, forgets to account for human error, and gets beaten at the last moment. I fully expect this to happen next issue.

Paul Pelletier steps into the penciller’s seat this issue, and it’s great to see his work. He’s one of the most underrated artists in comics and has been since his Flash days. We’re still missing three issues of Negation War, but that’s not really his fault, and he reminds us this issue exactly how good he is. He’s from a school of artists like Mark Bagley and Dan Jurgens – strong, energetic, but without the excessive detail that loads down a lot of artists and turns the art muddy and dark.

I really did enjoy this issue – I gave it a “good” rating, after all, but I miss the comedy. There’s still a few humorous moments in this issue, but no more than your average superhero comic, and this is not your average superhero comic. I hope to get a few more laughs next time around.

Rating: 7/10

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